RECAP: @UTTylerWBB opens ASC play with win at Ozarks
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UT Tyler (3-2, 1-0 ASC)
University of the Ozarks (1-4, 0-1 ASC)
12/2/2017 | Clarksville, AR | Attendance: 165
UT Tyler1723231477
University of the Ozarks1321121460
Stats at a GlanceUTTWUO
FG Percentage.438 (28-64) .383 (23-60)
3P FG Percentage.355 (11-31) .188 (3-16)
FT Percentage.556 (10-18) .647 (11-17)
Offensive Rebounds1422
Defensive Rebounds1727
Total Rebounds3149
Bench Points1615
Statistical LeadersUTTWUO
PointsDemi Cumby - 24
Diamond Goodwyn - 12
Hailey Ostrander - 12
ReboundsSamantha Odom - 7
Destinee Manning - 15
AssistsAlexus Bertrand - 7
Destinee Manning - 3
Hailey Ostrander - 3
StealsDemi Cumby - 3
Carissa Spiker - 3
Alexus Bertrand - 3
Brittany Johnson - 3
Savannah Kate Smith - 5
BlocksBianca Valderrama - 1
Diamond Goodwyn - 1

Saturday, December 2, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – UT Tyler senior Demi Cumby scored a career-high 24 points after hitting six 3-pointers to help lead the Patriots to a 77-60 win over Ozarks on Saturday in the American Southwest Conference opener at the Mabee Gymnasium.

The Patriots (3-2, 1-0 ASC) hit 11 3-pointers in the game and scored 31 points off turnovers in the win over the Eagles (1-4, 0-1 ASC). Alex Kochner added 13 points and Brittany Johnson had 12 points, two assists and three steals for the Patriots who were coming off a 97-47 win over Centenary on Wednesday in their only other game of the week.

“I was happy with the push we made coming out of the locker room at halftime,” UT Tyler head coach Kendra Hassell said. “We executed a play well and scored on it right away and then forced a couple of turnovers that led to easy scores. That helped us open the game up a little. Conference road wins are always very difficult so I’m pleased that we found a way to get this one.”

An Athens native in her second season with UT Tyler, Cumby was one 3-pointer shy of matching the single-game record but established a new personal scoring mark with her 24 points after shooting 8-for-15 from the field and going 6-for-9 on 3-pointers. Cumby had 13 of her 24 points in the first half to help the Patriots get out to a 40-34 halftime advantage.  She also had six rebounds and three steals in the game and has now led the Patriots in scoring in two of five games this season.

“Demi really shot the ball well today,” Hassell said. “She has the ability to get to the rim and score from the perimeter so it makes her difficult to guard. I liked the way she came into the game with an aggressive mindset. She brings energy to the team when she is playing that way.”

Samantha Odom led the Patriots with seven rebounds and added eight points and three assists from the starting lineup, while Shadazia Birchette and Bianca Valderrama had eight points each as the only reserves to score in the game. Johnson, who has scored in double figures in four of five games, hit two 3-pointers and now leads the Patriots with 14 on the season and Kochner is now averaging a team-best 12.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Cumby, who scored 16 points in the win over Centenary, is averaging 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game through five contests.  

UT Tyler picked up its first road win with the 17-point victory over the Eagles is back on the road next week. The Patriots will return to action next week with road games against Hardin-Simmons on Thursday and at McMurry on Saturday in Abilene.